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Volunteers to triage 250 tons of clothing

Other goods such as food are needed in Castanheira de Pera

THERE IS A LOT TO DO, CLEAN AND BUILD UP. MORE IMPORTANTLY, A LOT OF POSITIVE ENERGY NEEDS TO BE REESTABLISHED WHERE PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST FAMILY, FRIENDS, ANIMALS, HOMES AND GARDENS NEED A LOT OF STRENGTH AND HELP TO RESTART A NEW LIFE.

THE FIRE ON THE 17TH OF JUNE IN CASTANHEIRA DE PERA, NEAR PEDRÓGÃO GRANDE, KILLED 64 PEOPLE, WOUNDED MORE THAN 250, DESTROYED 491 HOUSES AND BURNED DOWN 43,201 HECTARES OF FOREST. THE LOCALS ARE STILL LIVING IN DESPERATION DUE TO THE SITUATION, NOT BY SEEING FLAMES CONSUMING EVERYTHING BUT BECAUSE THERE IS NOW A LOT OF WORK TO DO AND FEW "ARMS" FOR IT. AN EXAMPLE OF THIS IS THE SPORTS PAVILION WITH 250 TONS OF CLOTHING TO TRIAGE AND DISTRIBUTE.

IT WAS 7:00 AM YESTERDAY MORNING WHEN WE LEFT FROM LISBON TO CASTANHEIRA DE PERA TO MEET WITH THE HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION MÉDICOS DO MUNDO AND “GOT OUR HANDS DIRTY” FOR WHATEVER WAS NEEDED.

FOR MORE THAN A MONTH, MÉDICOS DO MUNDO HAVE BEEN IN CASTANHEIRA DE PERA RECEIVING, SORTING AND DISTRIBUTING DONATED PRODUCTS: CLOTHING, WATER, MEDICINES, FOOD, FEED, TOYS, AMONG OTHERS. FORTUNATELY THERE HAVE BEEN MANY DONATIONS, BUT AS FAR AS CLOTHING IS CONCERNED, THIS HAS ALREADY SURPASSED THE LOCAL NEEDS AND WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO OTHER AFFECTED AREAS OR WHERE ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND HEALTH NEEDS HAVE BEEN DETECTED BEFORE THE FIRE.

WE WERE VERY WELL RECEIVED AT THE PLACE WHERE WE FOUND SEVERAL TEAMS OF VOLUNTEERS, SUCH AS YOUNG SCOUTS FOR EXAMPLE, OR THE RESIDENTS OF THE COUNTY WHO SURVIVED THE TRAGIC JUNE 17 AND LOST, IF NOT EVERYTHING, ALMOST EVERYTHING. ALL TOGETHER, PACKED WITH A SPIRIT OF CONTAGIOUS EMPATHY, WE SPENT THE DAY SORTING AND PACKING CLOTHES ACCORDING TO THE CRITERIA WE WERE GIVEN: PIECES IN VERY GOOD CONDITION, SEPARATE BY CATEGORY, GENDER AND SIZE.

ONCE AGAIN, OUR ACTION DOES NOT REACH THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THOSE WHO DEVOTE THEMSELVES COURAGEOUSLY AND EVERY DAY TO HELP THE POPULATION OF CASTANHEIRA DE PERA. AND SO WE CLEARLY KNOW THAT OUR OBJECTIVE AND MAIN CONTRIBUTION IN THIS SITUATION IS TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THIS CAUSE AND TO RAISE AWARENESS OF MORE VOLUNTEERS TO HELP.

FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO DONATE GOODS, IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHICH ARE THE NEEDS OF THE LOCAL POPULATION, TEAMS ON THE GROUND NOW NEED FOOD, CLEANING SUPPLIES, TOILETRIES AND COOKING UTENSILS. THESE GOODS CAN BE SENT TO THE FIRE STATION OF CASTANHEIRA DE PERA.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO PREFER TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE WORLD MEDICAL ASSOCIATION THROUGH FINANCIAL DONATIONS, YOU CAN ALSO DO IT THROUGH THE INFORMATION ON THEIR OFFICIAL WEBSITE: MEDICOSDOMUNDO.PT

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